With Earth Day just on the horizon, a group of environmentally-conscious volunteers put forth their efforts to better the planet by dedicating a tree planting service project to the memory of Julienne graduate and martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, ‘49, alongside members of her family.
About a dozen volunteers joined together the morning of Saturday, March 23 to help reforest Carriage Hill Metropark in Huber Heights. The project was co-sponsored by the Weavers of Justice and the Dayton Catholic Social Action Office in conjunction with the Five Rivers Metropark’s “Seedling Saturdays” initiative.
The Following in the Footsteps of Sr. Dorothy project began with a prayer service that called to mind how Sr. Dorothy taught the people of Anapu, Brazil about sustainability and reforestation of lands. Volunteers then worked to plant hardwood trees with the gol of repopulating Ohio woods, which have been ravaged by a species of exotic beetle known as the emerald ash borer.
Those involved included CJ students and Sr. Stang's family members: Barb Richardson, sister; Angela Richardson Mason ‘81, niece; and Cole Mason ‘16 and Riley Mason ‘18, grandnephews (pictured above).
"My Aunt Dorothy would have loved planting with us and talking to the students. It makes me smile every time I think about her," said Angela Mason, who works as an administrative assistant in the office of student services.
Following in the Footsteps of Sr. Dorothy was featured in the spring issue of Vision, CJ's alumni magazine, and is the subject of a story in The Catholic Telegraph.